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Roman republic


*Here are a few coins of the roman republic. I'm quite interested in the coins of the very end of the republic : Julius Caesar, Mark Antony...

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41 files, last one added on Oct 16, 2016

Roman coins of the early Empire


*Here are some coins of the early Empire, starting with Augustus in 27 BC and ending with Clodius Albinus

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48 files, last one added on Mar 27, 2016

Severan dynasty


This gallery is devoted to the Severans which I like particularly because of their wonderful portraits.

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21 files, last one added on Sep 04, 2012



Plautilla as the title says. I felt in love with that woman because of her beauty and because of her sad story. I would never dare to tell that face to face to Caracalla : too dangerous !!! but I am sure she would have been happier with me....

There are five main types of portrait for Plautilla’s denarii at the Rome mint :
A - With a draped bust right, hair coiled in horizontal ridges and fastened in bun in high position. Her facial expression is juvenile
B - Hair being coiled in vertical ridges, with bun in low position. Plautilla looks here more like a young beautiful woman
C - The third bust shows a thinner face of Plautilla with hair in vertical ridges and no bun but braids covering her neck
D - The fourth type has a similar appearance with the former, but the vertical ridges disappear, hair being plastered down, still showing the right ear
E - Plautilla appears with mid long hair plastered down and covering her ears

In the mean time there are seven different reverses :

Not every combination exists, but some of the above reverses can be shared by several obverse portraits. Noticeable also is an evolution of the obverse legend, being PLAVTILLAE AVGVSTAE (a) in 202, and becoming PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA (b) soon after
You can see the evolution of this interesting coinage in my Plautilla's gallery.
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13 files, last one added on Jan 17, 2013

Maximinus to Philip II


*A very rich period for the coinaholics : so many emperors and usurpers, some of them very difficult to find, even very worn.

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22 files, last one added on May 13, 2012

Trajan Decius and his family, including the "divi series"


*This is my theme gallery. All the coins here have been issued under Trajan Decius to commemorate those who where the good emperors of the past (so they said). For each one of the 11 emperor honoured, there are two main reverses : altar or eagle. So the complete collection is 22 coins. Still a lot to do.... (sob!!!)

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28 files, last one added on Jun 24, 2016

Trebonianus Gallus to Carinus


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34 files, last one added on Sep 24, 2013

Gallic secessionist empire


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8 files, last one added on Jan 03, 2010

Roman coins of the Tetrarchs and relatives


*In this Album, one can find some folles and three argentei from Diocletian to Licinius

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20 files, last one added on Sep 03, 2012

Late roman coins


*Here are some coins I like very much from Constantine the great to Marcian. My wish would be to be able to get at least one AE 1 for each emperor that made some. I think they are very impressive coins, and not as much thought after than the bronzes of the early empire

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56 files, last one added on Jan 31, 2017

Virtual trays


Playing with pictures to display coins in various and hopefully pleasant ways

8 files, last one added on Jan 20, 2013

Lupa Romana


Here is my new theme gallery devoted to the mythic she-wolf suckling Remus and Romulus. Every single coin I will find featuring the she-wolf will take place in that gallery.

8 files, last one added on Feb 03, 2013

Has been


Well, here are the coins that have been part of my collection, some for quite a long time, some having been highlights at certain time, but some prettier, or fresher, or rarer have replaced them. So is life...

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23 files, last one added on May 18, 2011

Now in other collections...


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75 files, last one added on Mar 09, 2013



*This is a selection of the very best of my provincials. There is no particular theme. I just try to find high grades of preservation, for issues I like very much

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33 files, last one added on Dec 11, 2015

Proven fake coins from my collection


1 files, last one added on Jan 11, 2008

Greek Bronzes


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24 files, last one added on Oct 07, 2012

Parthian coins


From time to time I like to add a parthian coin to my collection, because I find their style and design tremendous

9 files, last one added on Sep 30, 2009

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Last additions - Potator II's Gallery
Licinius I, reduced follis20 viewsAlexandria mint, 7th officina
IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS P F AVG, laureate head right
IOVI CONSER - VATORI AVGG, Jupiter standing left, holding Victory on globe in right hand and sceptre in left hand. An eagle holding wreath in his beak at his feet in left field, In right field a wreath above a Z above an N, at exergue ALE
4.23 gr, 20/21mm
Ref : RIC # 10, RCV # 15246, C # 108
2 commentsPotator IIJan 31, 2017
Constantius II, AE226 viewsAntioch mint, 1st officina
D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, draped and pearl diademed bust right
FEL TEMP RE PARATIO, fallen horseman, Gamma in field, ANA at exergue
4.88 gr
Ref : RCV # 18171, Cohen # 46, RIC # 132, LRBC # 2623
2 commentsPotator IIDec 02, 2016
L. Aemilius Lepidus Paullus and L. Scribonius Libo, Denarius22 viewsRome mint, 62 BC
PAVLLUS LEPIDVS CONCORD, diademed and draped bust of concordia right
PVTEAL SCRIBON above and LIBO below the puteal scribonianum, ornamented with garland between two lyres and hammer
3,11 gr - 19/20 mm
Ref : RCV #368, RSC, Aemilia #11
From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection
2 commentsPotator IIOct 16, 2016
Francois I° (1515-1547) - Teston du Dauphiné deuxieme type20 viewsAtelier de Romans (point secret sous la deuxième lettre, R couronnée au revers)
+ (triangle) FRANCISCVS.DEI.GRA.FRANCOR.REX (triangle) buste cuirassé et couronné a droite
+ (triangle) SIT.NOMEN.DNI.BENEDICTVM.R.(Mm) (triangle). Ecu ecartelé de France et Dauphiné. Grande F sur l'ecartelé (après le 8 octobre 1528, date à laquelle une lettre F brochant sur l'écartelé fut ajoutée sur les testons (source CGB VSO 09/1067))
9,25 gr - 26/29 mm
Ref : Ciani # 1141v
2 commentsPotator IIOct 02, 2016
Republic, Sextans13 viewsRome mint, circa 217-215 BC
She-wolf suckling twins, in exergue two pellets.
ROMA in right field. Eagle standing right, holding flower in beak. Behind, two pellets
29 mm, 24.22 gr
Ref : RCV # 609, Sydenham # 95, Crawford # 39/3
Potator IIJun 24, 2016
L. Flaminius Chilo, Denarius 27 viewsRome mint, 109 or 108 BC
Helmeted head of Roma right, ROMA behind head and X below chin
L·FLAMINI/CILO in two lines at exergue. Victory in prancing biga right
19 mm, 3,83 gr
Ref : RCV # 179, RSC Flaminia # 1, Sydenham #540, RBW # 1144, Crawford # 302/1.
From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection
3 commentsPotator IIJun 24, 2016
M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus. Denarius31 viewsRome mint, c. 69 BC
Male head right (Mercury ?) with flowing hair. Behind symbol
M·PLAETORI – CEST·EX·S·C Winged caduceus
18 mm, 3,86 gr
Ref : RCV #344, RSC Plaetoria # 5, Sydenham # 807, RBW # 1453, Crawford # 405/5
From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection
2 commentsPotator IIJun 24, 2016
Trajan Decius, Semis20 viewsRome mint, AD 249-250
IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG Laureate and draped bust right
Mars standing left, holding spear and shield. S|C in field
19 mm, 4,71 gr
Ref : RIC # 128, Cohen # 102

Potator IIJun 24, 2016
Livia (+ AD 29), Dupondius32 viewsRome mint, AD 22-23 under the reign of Tiberius
SALVS AVGVSTA, draped bust of Salus (Livia) right
13.90 g, 27 mm,.
Ref : RCV # 1740 (450), Cohen # 5 (6), RIC I, 47.
Ex Auctiones.GmbH
3 commentsPotator IIMar 27, 2016
Mark Antony, Denarius49 viewsStruck in a travelling mint, moving with Mark Antony in 41 BC
ANT AVG IMP III VI R P C, Head of Mark Antony right
Fortuna standing left, holding rudder in right hand and cornucopiae in left; at feet, stork; below, PIETAS COS
3,82 gr - 20 mm
Ref : Crawford # 516/2, Sydenham # 1174, HCRI # 241, C # 77
Ex. Auctiones.GmbH

The following comment is copied from NAC auction # 52/294 about the very rare corresponding aureus :
The year 41 B.C., when this aureus was struck at a mint travelling in the East with Marc Antony, was a period of unusual calm for the triumvir, who took a welcomed, if unexpected, rest after the great victory he and Octavian had won late in 42 B.C. against Brutus and Cassius at the Battle of Philippi. Antony’s original plan of organising an invasion of Parthia was put on hold after he sailed to Tarsus, where he had summoned Cleopatra VII, the Greek queen of Egypt. She was to defend herself against accusations that she had aided Brutus and Cassius before Philippi, but it is generally agreed that the summons was merely a pretext for Antony’s plan to secure aid for his Parthian campaign. Their meeting was anything but a source of conflict; indeed, they found much common ground, including their agreement that it was in their mutual interests to execute Cleopatra’s sister and rival Arsinoe IV, who had been ruling Cyprus. In addition to sharing political interests, the two agreed that Antony would winter in Egypt to share a luxurious vacation with Cleopatra that caused a further postponement of Antony’s designs on Parthia. Thus began another of the queen’s liaisons with noble Romans, a prior having been Julius Caesar (and, according to Plutarch, Pompey Jr. before him). During the course of his stay in Egypt Cleopatra was impregnated, which resulted in twins born to her in 40 B.C. But this care-free period was only a momentary calm in the storm, for trouble was brewing in both the East and the West. Early in 40 B.C. Syria was overrun by the Parthians, seemingly while Antony travelled to Italy to meet Octavian following the Perusine War, in which Octavian defeated the armies of Antony’s wife and brother. The conflict with Octavian was resolved when they signed a pact at Brundisium in October, and Syria was eventually recovered through the efforts of Antony’s commanders from 40 to 38 B.C.{/i]

5 commentsPotator IIMar 15, 2016
Philippus I, Tetradrachm33 viewsAntioch mint 244 AD
ΑΥΤΟΚ Κ Μ ΙΟΥΑ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟC CΕΒ , Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞΟΥCΙΑC, Eagle facing, head left, holding wreath in beak, tail left. SC at exergue
10,66 gr, 27-28 mm
Ref : Prieur # 319, Mc Alee # 887
3 commentsPotator IIDec 11, 2015
S. Pompeius Fostlus, Denarius43 viewsRome mint, 137 BC
Helmeted head of Roma right, X below chin, jug behind head
SEX PO [FOSTLVS] She wolf suckling Remus and Romulus, fig tree in background, the shepherd Faustulus behind. ROMA at exergue
3,73 gr
Ref : RCV # 112 var, RSC Pompeia # 1a, Crawford # 235/1c
2 commentsPotator IINov 24, 2015
M. Aemilius Scaurus and P. Plautius Hypsaeus. Denarius50 viewsRome mint, 58 BC
M SCAVR AED CVR In two lines above camel, EX | SC, in exergue REX ARETAS, King Aretas of Nabataea, kneeling right beside a camel, holding an olive branch
P HVPSAEVS AED CVR in two lines, CAPTVM in the right field, C HVPSAE COS PREIVER in two lines, Jupiter driving a quadriga left, holding a thunderbolt
Ref : RCV #379
3 commentsPotator IIJun 28, 2015
Faustina junior, Denarius 23 viewsRome mint, AD 161/175
FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right
DIANA LVCIF, Diana Lucifera standing left
Ref : RCV #5250
Potator IIJun 28, 2015
Tacitus, Tetradrachm19 viewsAlexandria mint, year 1 (AD 275/276)
AKKLTAKIOCCEB, Laureate and draped bust right
ETOYC, Dikaiosyne (Aequitas) standing left, holding scales and cornucopia. A in right field
9.74 gr
Ref : Emmet # 3971, RCV # 11831
Potator IIJun 28, 2015
Diocletian, Tetradrachm22 viewsAlexandria mint, year 9 (AD 292/293)
DIOKLETIANOCCEB, Laureate and cuirassed bust right
L - ENATOY, Nike flying right, A in exergue
7.91 gr
Ref : Emmet # 4064 (R3)
2 commentsPotator IIJun 28, 2015

Random files - Potator II's Gallery
Octavian & Agrippa, AE Dupondius 53 viewsArausio mint (Orange), 30-29 BC (Colonia Firma Julia Secundanorum Arausio)
IMP DIVI F (IMPerator DIVI Filii), bare heads of Augustus (right) and Agrippa (left), back to back
Prow of galley right, ram's head (?) enclosed in a medaillion above
17.61 gr - 28 mm.
Ref : RPC # 533
Ex. CNG e-auction #181/28, from the Patrick Villemur collection

Following comment taken from :

Un très bel exemplaire du dupondius d'Orange. Têtes adossées d'Agrippa (à gauche) et Octave (à droite). Très beaux reliefs.
L’as (ou dupondius) d’Orange est très rare et nombre d'exemplaires connus (quelques dizaines) sont souvent de médiocre conservation. Le dupondius d'Orange préfigure le dupondius de Nîmes frappé à partir de 28/27 av. J.-C. et qui reprendra l’avers quasiment à l’identique (y compris les légendes), avec les profils d’Octave devenu Auguste et d’Agrippa. Le revers sera interprété de façon parodique sur l’as de Nîmes, puisque la galère sera remplacée par le crocodile qui garde à peu près la forme générale du vaisseau et dont l’oeil prophylactique (pas visible sur cet exemplaire : voir les as de Vienne page suivante) deviendra l’oeil du crocodile. On y ajoutera la palme pour former le mat et quelques autres accessoires tout aussi symboliques.
La tête de bélier représentée dans le médaillon du revers serait l’emblème des vétérans de la légio II Gallica qui a fondé la colonie d’Arausio vers 35 av. J.-C.
On distingue 2 types de dupondius d'Orange : ceux dont les portraits occupent la plus grande partie de l'avers et ceux qui montrent des têtes plutôt petites.
1 commentsPotator II
Henri II (1547-1559) - Teston 1555 M30 viewsAtelier de Toulouse (M)
. HENRICVS II . D . G . FRANCO . REX, buste cuirassé a droite
XPS . VINCIT . XPS . REGNAT . XPS . IMPER coeur sur croissant, ecu de France couronné accosté de deux H couronnés. M a la pointe de l'ecu
9.49 gr
Ref : Ciani # 1271v
1 commentsPotator II
Gaston d'Orleans (1627-1650), Double Tournois type 8 - 1635 B21 viewsAtelier de Trévoux
+ GASTON VSVE DE LA SOV DOM Buste fraisé à droite
+ DOVBLE . TOVRNOIS . 1635 . B Trois lis sous un lambel.
3.35 gr
Ref : Divo Dombes # 200, CGKL # 736 (g1)
Potator II
Sabina, Denarius65 viewsRome mint AD 129
CONCORDIA AVG, Concordia seated left holding patera, resting on a statuette of Spes, Cornucopia beneath her seat.
3.22 gr
Ref : Cohen # 12, RCV # 3919
1 commentsPotator II